So I’ve been cloth diapering for a little over a year now, and I know everyone has a their opinion on it. Before Jojo was even born friends and family would ask to buy diapers for us, and when we would tell them we were cloth diapering I swear they would give us a disgusted look, and then say, “Ha good luck with that, I bet you won’t last long”. Which basically built the motivation to make cloth diapering happen.
I’m still trying to figure out why people are so judgemental on what my child poops in.
After doing as much research as I could on cloth diapering and getting a good estimation on how many diapers we would need for at least the first year. I realized that this was gonna cost us a decent amount of money up front, but would save us a lot more money in the long run. So in order to save some money we did some shopping on good old ebay, and that plus a few new diapers we received as baby shower gifts we gathered enough to survive three days without washing diapers.
After Jojo was born I had already planned that we would use regular diapers at least for the first few days until his umbilical cord fell off. This was mainly because I was scared to use cloth diapers since there were a lot of new things all at once: new baby, no sleep, breastfeeding, etc.
The second reason was because I had read that the meconium would stain and ruin the cloth diaper, which of course was wrong(don’t listen to everything you read on the internet) after about a week and a half Joey finally convinced me to try them. After figuring out his sizing, and a few changes I fell in love with cloth diapers.
When you tell most people you are cloth diapering, the genuine consensus is that its disgusting, you wash poop diapers mixed with you clothes in your washer. or that you must be touching a lot of poop. None of which are true.
I find it funny that people are so worried about washing poop in there washer, I’m pretty sure people with kids have washed tons of clothes with poop on them. I often think most people believe cloth diapers are still made with one piece of cloth and some safety pins and rubber pants. This is definitely not the case, there are actually several different types of cloth diapers: prefolds, fitted, all in one, hybrid, and pockets. I’ve only used the all in one, hybrid,and pocket diapers, so I am definitely not an expert on all of them, I do prefer the pockets which is what I stick to. Using pockets, you have an easy way to add more inserts for more absorbancy especially those long nights.
When i first started cloth diapering Jojo was small and we weren’t going out many places, but obviously as he got older we started to go out more and more. We also have gone on a family vacation over 12 hours away in a car! When going out in public and cloth diapering it can be challenging. Normally at home I would use cloth wipes, but as a convenience to myself I decided to buy water wipes (which are the only wet wipes I’ve found that have no chemicals in them.) Some people just bring a cloth wipe and a water spray bottle which works just as well. The other thing I found that worked well traveling with cloth diapers are diaper flush-able liners, This makes cloth diapering on the go much easier. You place a liner on the diaper and then you can just toss it in the toilet.
Now this Blog is not here to try and convince you to cloth diaper, but I wanted to write about cloth diapering only because so many people whom I know are unaware of how easy it can be, and also how great it is for baby skin.
No chemicals, less diaper rashes, less blow outs, easier to potty train(I’ll let you know how that goes once we get there). I completely understand people using regular diapers, I know a lot of daycare’s do not allow cloth, I also know it can be hard to keep up with another load of laundry especially if both parents work. (Our washing machine is running 24/7) For our family it works amazingly, I think the best part about it is I never have to be that parent that goes “oh no, we gotta go get diapers” Because my diapers are always here, just need to be washed!
Plus look how fun the colors and patterns are, you can use them for fun photo shoots!